Last updated
Origin Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Heavy metal, stoner rock, space rock, psychedelic rock
Years active1994–2002
LabelsHigh Beam Music
Associated actsR.O.A.D.S.
Past membersBen Lough
Greg Eshman
Wayne Stokes
Raff Iacurto

Thumlock were a stoner rock band from Wollongong. [1] The band's name was derived from combining the words thumbscrews and hemlock. [2] They formed in 1994 as a three piece by Ben Lough (guitar/vocals), Greg Eshman (drums) and Wayne Stokes (bass). The band released Dripping Silver Heat and then expanded with the addition of Raff Iacurto (guitar). [3] The band signed with High Beam Music and released an EP, Lunar Mountain Sunrise, and two full length albums, Emerald Liquid Odyssey and Sojourns Lucid Magic, and broke up in 2002

Stoner rock, also known as stoner metal or stoner doom, is a rock music fusion genre that combines elements of heavy metal and/or doom metal with psychedelic rock and acid rock. The name references cannabis consumption. The term desert rock is often used interchangeably with the term "stoner rock" to describe this genre; however, not all stoner rock bands would fall under the descriptor of "desert rock". Stoner rock is typically slow-to-mid tempo and features a heavily distorted, groove-laden bass-heavy sound, melodic vocals, and "retro" production. The genre emerged during the early 1990s and was pioneered foremost by Monster Magnet and the California bands Fu Manchu, Kyuss and Sleep.


Emerald Liquid Odyssey reached #4 on the Australian Independent Record chart [4] and was distributed by Beard of Stars in Europe. [5] Their next album Sojourns Lucid Magic was distributed in Europe by Cargo Records. [6]

Thumlock have been likened to ""Masters of Reality" or "Paranoid" period Black Sabbath"" [7]

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

After Thumlock Lough, Iacurto, Stokes and Kane Goodwin formed another band called Remnants Of A Dead Star (R.O.A.D.S.) which released one ep Double White Lines. [8] Stokes was a member of The Wardens and Leadfinger. [9]


Leadfinger(pron: Led-finger) is an Australian rock’n’roll band formed in the city of Wollongong, New South Wales in 2006 by Glasgow-born singer/guitarist Stewart 'leadfinger' Cunningham. The band has released 5 albums to date, with the most recent coming out in July 2016 through Conquest of Noise.





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  2. Interviews - Thumlock Hellride Music
  3. interview Slow Ride
  4. Ayling, Tim (18 Apr 2002), "Lord of the strings", Illawarra Mercury
  5. Thumlock MGM Distribution website
  6. Thumlock - "Sojourns Lucid Magic" Roadburn
  7. Engleheart, Murray, Drum Media, archived from the original on 2009-10-26Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Double White Lines review i95bar
  9. Leadfinger interview Music Farmers
  10. Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg March 2002